Posted March 11, 2014 by FLL Editorial Team in
 
 

Hallowed be Thy Name

Jesus said to his disciples: “In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

“This is how you are to pray: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

“If you forgive men their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.”
Matthew 6:7-15

What should one see when observing those who truly believe in God? He would behold a way of life achieved through virtue and cleansed from all stain of sin, a life free from all suspicion of wickedness. Such life shines with prudence, dignity and discernment. It displays fortitude against the attacks of evil passions, being in no way weakened by bodily pleasure. It is separated from such things as luxury, laziness and the delusions of vanity––and to such an extent that it participates in ordinary necessities only as far as is needed. It only sees the possession of virtue as wealth; only closeness with God as nobility; only the mastery of self as valuable and only freedom from human passions as power. Rather than preferring a long earthly way of life, it is eager, as in the case of those distressed at sea, to reach the port of rest. Who, when seeing such a believer, would not glorify the Name inspired by that way of life?

Therefore, when we pray “Hallowed be Thy Name,” these words apply to us in bearing the fruit of God’s blessings. We are in reality praying: “Lord, through the cooperation of Your help, may I become blameless, just and pious. Abstaining from every evil, may I speak the truth, practicing righteousness and walking on the straight path. May I shine with prudence, be adorned with incorruption, and be beautified with wisdom and discernment. Overlooking earthly things, may I set my mind on the things above (Col 3:2) and be radiant with the angelic manner of life.” These and such blessings are contained in this brief petition by one who prays to God, “Hallowed be Thy Name.” For by no other means can God be glorified in a person except as far as his virtue bears testimony that God is the cause of these blessings.

參考 References:
Homily 3 on The Lord’s Prayer (St. Gregory of Nyssa)


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